Why Horticulture?

  • If you would like a career in landcare, turfgrass, or fruit, vegetable, or ornamental plant production
  • If you would like to manage a greenhouse, nursery, orchard, vineyard, public garden, park, golf course, sports field complex, or a composting facility
  • If you are interested in urban, rural, interior, or ecological/sustainable landscape design and maintenance
  • If you would like to own or operate a business focused on producing, installing, maintaining, or processing plants

All Agribusiness Horticulture Majors will take the Agribusiness Core, 35 hours of classes that match all Agribusiness Options. With the Horticulture option, you will be required to take 30 hours of horticulture oriented focus. The first 16 are the same for all Horticulture they include:

  • AO 215 Soils (3 hours)
  • AO 323 Plant Pathology (3 hours)
  • HO 215 Practical Horticulture Experiences (2 hours)
  • HO 225 Identification and Use of Deciduous Plants (2 hours)
  • HO 225 Identification and Use of Evergreen Plants (2 hours)
  • HO 225 Identification and Use of Interiorscape and Tropical Plants (2 hours)
  • HO 225 Identification and Use of Annual and Perennial Plants (2 hours)

After that you will pick from any of the following tracts depending on your career goals, experiences, and advisor advice.

Program Options

Students focused on careers involving ornamental or edible plant production using greenhouses, high tunnels, shade houses, or growth chambers.

14 or more hours from among the following:

  • HO 321 Advanced Plant Propagation (3 hours)
  • HO 350 Advanced Greenhouse Management (4 hours)
  • HO 355 Interior Plantscaping (3 hours)
  • HO 464 Advanced Horticulture Technologies (3 hours)
  • HO 470 Strategic Urban Horticulture (3 hours)

Students focused on careers involving professional exterior or interior landscape design, installation, and maintenance, including urban landscapes.

14 or more hours from among the following:

  • HO 330 Strategic Landscape Design (3 hours)
  • HO 332 Computer Aided Design (3 hours)
  • HO 430 Advanced Turfgrass Management (3 hours)
  • HO 431 Landscape Installation and Maintenance (3 hours)
  • HO 470 Strategic Urban Horticulture (3 hours)
  • AO 322 Weed Science (3 hours)

Students focused on careers involving golf courses and athletic field complexes.

14 or more hours from among the following:

  • HO 330 Strategic Landscape Design (3 hours)
  • HO 430 Advanced Turfgrass Management (3 hours)
  • HO 431 Landscape Installation and Maintenance (3 hours)
  • HO 445 Composting and Utilization in Horticulture Systems (3 hours)
  • AG 551 Water Management (3 hours)
  • AO 322 Weed Science (3 hours)

Students focused on careers involving wholesale nursery plant production, or retail garden center operations and management.

14 or more hours from among the following:

  • HO 320 Nursery Administration and Culture (3 hours)
  • HO 350 Advanced Greenhouse Management (4 hours)
  • HO 431 Landscape Installation and Maintenance (3 hours)
  • HO 464 Advanced Horticulture Technologies (3 hours)
  • AO 322 Weed Science (3 hours)

Students focused on careers involving production, sales, and marketing of edible, spice, medicinal, flavor, or perfume plants.

14 or more hours from among the following:

  • HO 321 Advanced Plant Propagation (3 hours)
  • HO 342 Production of Horticulture Crops (3 hours)
  • HO 350 Advanced Greenhouse Management (4 hours)
  • HO 450 Vineyard Operations (3 hours)
  • HO 464 Advanced Horticulture Technologies (3 hours)
  • HO 470 Strategic Urban Horticulture (3 hours)

Students focused on careers involving a botanical garden, an Arboretum, or a community garden.

14 or more hours from among the following:

  • HO 330 Strategic Landscape Design (3 hours)
  • HO 342 Production of Horticulture Crops (3 hours)
  • HO 430 Advanced Turfgrass Management (3 hours)
  • HO 431 Landscape Installation and Maintenance (3 hours)
  • HO 445 Composting and Utilization in Horticulture Systems (3 hours)
  • HO 470 Strategic Urban Horticulture (3 hours)

Develop your own custom program

The above specializations aren't the only options and we are happy to work with you on a customized program

Charles Hutson Greenhouse

  • On-campus facility
  • Student entrepreneurship through Commercial Plant Production and Retail Sales
  • Greenhouse facility for Poinsettias, Chrysanthemums, and All-American Bedding Plant trials and testing
  • Experiential learning with hands on classes

Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Garden

  • On-campus facility
  • Student designed and operated Fruit, Vegetable, Garden, and Turfgrass plots supporting experiential learning.
  • Student designed and maintained landscapes, including hardscaping
  • Native plants and walking trails, and Nationally-recognized Butterfly/Pollinator Garden

Contact

573.651.2106
creinagel@semo.edu
Rhodes Hall 102
Department of Agriculture
One University Plaza, MS 6100
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
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